Exploring Alternative Processes

Transform how you think about printmaking as you experiment with 19th century photographic processes

© Brenton HamiltonParticipants in this lab-oriented, hands-on learning experience, practice and experiment with an extensive menu of 19th century photographic processes. This workshop is geared for creative people of all disciplines who want to expand on their expressive possibilities in photographic printmaking. 

Among many processes that students work with are Cyanotype, Cyanotype on fabrics, salted paper process, Kallitypes, albumen, platinum & palladium, Ziatype, gum bichromate and gum over washes with cyan and platinum, as well as varying toning options. Other topics include large format pinhole photography and film negatives for alternative processes; digital negatives for contact printing; hand-applied emulsions on alternative surfaces; and considerations of paper choices and sizing options. Students enjoy a digital negative production set-up in the lab facility for producing contact negatives. While most printing is done in the sun, UV exposure units are available for printing on the rare cloudy or rainy days.

The goal of this workshop is to inspire new directions via the materials and their possibilities. The workshop provides a unique experience for all who are curious about historic photographic methods and love the process of printmaking.

For those looking for a full alternative processes experience, consider combining this workshop with the Advanced Alternative Processes workshop the following week.

A detailed letter with specific recommendations on what to bring will be sent to all participants prior to the workshop.

Brenton Hamilton’s work can be viewed and questions can be answered at: www.Brentonhamiltonstudio.net

Testimonials:

"This course had truly transformed my way of thinking about how to present my existing work, and how to create new material."
- Giraud Polite, Dallas, TX

"It has been one of the most inspiring experiences for me since I was in graduate school almost 20 years ago."
- Stacy Collingham, Hamilton, NJ 

"This was such a unique course. I don't think I could find something like it anywhere else!"
- Diana Egnatz, Latitz, NY

"This has exceeded all preconceived explanations and I feel I will be able to understand these processes at home."
- Cass Horsley, Plymouth, UK

Instructors

Brenton Hamilton

BH photo by Kari Wehrs

Brenton Hamilton

1964

American

Raised in Maine, Brenton Hamilton is an educator and working studio artist living in Rockport. Hamilton’s earliest years were growing up on the Maine coast on Clapboard island near Falmouth, Maine.

Brenton attended the University of Maine and Maine Photographic Workshops completing studies in 1985 and later earned a baccalaureate degree from LaGrange College in Design, Magna Cum Laude in 1990 and an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 1992.

Hamilton has led classes at Maine Media Workshops for 22 years and his specialty areas include the history of photography, B&W darkroom craft and historic processes. Brenton lectures widely both in Maine and nationally about contemporary issues in photography, its history and other subject area interests within the medium and contemporary trends. He is also on the adjunct faculty at the International Center of Photography in New York City and teaches many historic process courses at The Center of Alternative Processes also in New York. Brenton is a contributing writer and president of Obscura, founded in 2009, a non profit organization devoted to the progress of youth education in photography and books.

His work is represented at TILT Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. Hamilton’s photographs are held in permanent collections at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art and many significant private collections nationally. His first monograph was published by Obscura Press in 2010: The Blue Poet Dreams

Also view: www.brentonhamiltonstudio.netwww.obscuraweb.org/

 

What Brenton's students have said:

"Brenton Hamilton is an outstanding teacher. He's makes learning the different processes exciting and enjoyable."

- Sue Lynch, Plymouth, PA

 

"Brenton is very passionate about what he does and you can expect him to be committed to making your work as great as possible."

- Kat Clark, Racine, WI